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Phil Cohen, the new head football coach for Temescal Canyon.
Phil Cohen, the new head football coach for Temescal Canyon.

HS Football: Temescal Canyon has new coach, new look offense for 2014

Coach Phil Cohen brings fresh approach to the Titan Football Program

Friday, July 18th, 2014
Issue 29, Volume 18.
Charles McKee
Sports Writer

The Titans are optimistic and looking forward to the 2014 Football season. They have a new Head Coach, a new look offense and renewed enthusiasm as the Titans head into summer camp.

"We have 3 goals for the season" said Phil Cohen, the new head coach for the team. "Be in position to win the game in the 4th quarter. Return the City trophy to Temescal Canyon. Make the playoffs."

Cohen knows what the Titans can achieve. He has been a coach at the school since 1991 when the program started. He was assistant coach under Houston Haynes, Bob Burt, Mike Sands and Russ Strange and is now taking control of the Titan Football Program.

The Titans will be introducing a new Offensive look this season. "We will be running the Power Pistol" Cohen said. "It will be a combination of Auburn and Oregon. Anyone who knows me knows I like to throw the ball around a little bit." Gone is the Triple-option and moving the chains exclusively on the ground.

"We will have a number of newcomers this season" added Cohen. "How they progress and produce will have a dramatic impact on the ability to accomplish our season goals." One of the newcomers is senior Garret Bumann who will play center and anchor the offensive line.

Key offensive returning players are junior Quarterback Justin Gomez, who played in three varsity games last season He has a strong accurate arm and can run the ball when needed. The Titans also have 240 pound senior tailback Michael Erim who runs a 4.5 forty in their backfield. Senior Derek Hill and junior Artie Barrera are dangerous targets at wide receiver and both are playmakers.

On defense the Titans are led by senior Josh Bess who controls the secondary as free safety. The defensive line is fueled by tow senior defensive ends. Stephon McDonald and Steven Busse are the key to the Titan pass rush and perimeter defense.

The Titans will have their hands full in the very tough and competitive Sunbelt League. Heritage, Paloma Valley and Elsinore will be tough again this season. To achieve two of Coach Cohen’s goals, the Titans will have to defeat Elsinore this season.

The City Trophy is awarded to the winner of the Elsinore-Temescal game every year. Elsinore has won the trophy the last six meetings.

"Elsinore is obviously the first game circled on the schedule" said Cohen. "However, the first two games in league against Perris and Lakeside are critical for us to have an opportunity to return to the playoff picture."

Temescal Canyon’s non-league opponents are Murrieta Valley, Temecula Valley, Palm Springs, La Quinta and JW North this season.

The Titans are working hard this hot summer as Coach Cohen prepares his team for the 2014 season and the goals that he has established and expects to realize this season.



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